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07/15/2016 - 11:01

Some 6.5 million people – nearly 40 percent of Malawi’s population – need emergency food assistance, according to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report for 2016/17. This situation will require the largest humanitarian response ever in the country’s history.

LILONGWE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will visit Malawi next week at a time when the country is facing its worst food security crisis in decades. Ms. Cousin is due to arrive in the southern African country on Monday 18 and to stay till Wednesday 20 July. 
03/18/2016 - 16:41

Everywhere in the world that I visit, I ask children what they want to become when they grow up. They’ll usually tell me: I want to be a nurse. A teacher. A pilot. 

But when I asked Aisha, a ten-year-old girl from Cameroon, I received a startling reply. Aisha wants to be a soldier. Why? To fight those who have driven her family from their home. To achieve peace and security which is now just a dream.

01/19/2016 - 18:29

Bishop Mweene had a smile on his face when I met him at his homestead in Sikwale. Shortly before my arrival, it had rained for the first time in weeks. In fact, he was able to tell me just how much because, in his maize field, he has a manual rain gauge, one of four that WFP has installed on farms in the area.

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, has just finished a three-day visit to Zambia. After meeting President Edgar Lungu, Vice President Inonge Wina and key ministers, she travelled to the food-producing south which is experiencing the second consecutive season of erratic rain, most recently due to the effects of El Niño. There she met smallholder farmers, private sector entrepreneurs as well as local community partners and government officials who shared their insights about the challenges and opportunities.  
09/27/2015 - 01:25

“We are Generation Zero Hunger, committed to creating a world where no child, no woman, no man goes hungry even for a single day,” Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), said following a packed gathering in New York of youth leaders from around the world, as well as prominent political, business and civil society figures. “We have everything we need – the tools, the technology, the people.

NEW YORK – While a hunger-free world is within reach, a global movement of dedicated individuals and organizations is needed to achieve it within the next 15 years, the head of the world’s largest humanitarian agency said today.
09/06/2015 - 12:09

[story|647834|647156|647025]It begins with them: singer and co-founder Bono, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Italian and Irish Ministers of Agriculture Maurizio Martina and Simon Coveney, and the Director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin participated in an event organised by the governments of Italy and Ireland in support of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

"It begins with me. How the world can end hunger in our lifetime" was the theme of the Sunday 6 September event that saw the participation of Bono, the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin.